I decided to put the outline into my computer and go ahead and write it. Mind you, when I write an outline it's very vague and doesn't have an ending. If I have everything already worked out and know how the story ends, then I can't write it or finish it. I have to keep myself guessing. I know, sounds crazy.
When I sat down to write this story, I was surprised at how easily the story flowed. I let the story lead me to it's own conclusion and ending. It decided to it wanted to be a short story, just over 8000 words/15 pages. I didn't push it, thinking I had to stick to my original outline and pursue it to what has become a stereotypical end. This story is about a moment in a boy's life and not his life's story.
I finished the first draft in two days and then went over it and over it. I was finally happy enough with the story by the end of the week that I solicited a handful of writer friends to read and critique it. Based on their comments, I have made some minor wording adjustments and it's ready for publication.
Here is a sneak peek:
For high school senior Oliver Sticka what to do after graduation is the last thing on his mind, getting through Phys. Ed. is more pressing. Never really fitting in with the other guys in school, Ollie has a lot on his mind. Running, Ollie says, gives him the chance to be alone with his thoughts and figure things out; or is he just running away?
Join Ollie on a short run while he finds himself.
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